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Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatologic Perspective (cont.)

AS Rheumatologic Symptoms

Symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis vary from person to person. Typical symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis include the following:

  • Gradual onset of back pain and stiffness


  • Early morning pain and stiffness that is relieved with exercise or a warm shower


  • Fatigue


  • Fever


  • Loss of appetite


  • Complete loss of spine mobility (in people with advanced ankylosing spondylitis)

Ankylosing spondylitis can also be associated with inflammation of the eyes (iritis) or bowels (colitis). Mouth ulcers can sometimes occur. Skin inflammation, called psoriasis, can cause patchy, scaly redness. Rarely, the lungs can be injured due to a scarring condition called fibrosis. Some people with ankylosing spondylitis can develop irregular electrical pathways in the heart.

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